Overpaid, Over Here; Best What ?; Free Dr. Laura

Wake up, Dallas: The article Jim Schutze wrote about DISD ("They Walk by Night," September 28) is one of his best. I retired from Dallas last year and was sitting at my desk here in New York, just thinking about the crazy politics in Dallas. I clicked onto the Dallas Observer and I was enjoying this article so much that I almost missed Dallas. When are people in Dallas going to wake up? Why do police officers have to beg for a 13 percent raise while DISD officials are getting rich off your tax dollars?

When I was hired to work for the City of Dallas in 1976, I was proud to be a part of a growing and professional city. When I left in 1999, I was so glad to be excommunicated from the City of Greed.

Hell, if Jim Schutze were mayor, I might even think about coming back, but it was 68 degrees today, and that means another day of golf and no headaches from Dallas. I miss all the great people like Jim, but not the politics.

George Kleinmeier
Round Top, New York

I believe in DISD: Mr. Schutze's reporting on the amount of my salary is correct.

When I was named by former Superintendent Rojas to be the special assistant for special projects, he extended me a new contract with the salary that was reported. I did not seek that amount or any kind of raise.

When Dr. Rojas left, I offered to go back to my previous salary and previous position as the head of the communications department. That offer still stands.

I do not appreciate the inference that I am an "overpaid bureaucrat." I moved from Oklahoma back to Dallas to make a difference for the school district that provided me with a solid, 12-year education. Other job opportunities with competitive salaries have been made available to me, but I have chosen to stay at DISD because I believe strongly in its mission.

When I feel I can no longer be effective here, trust me, I'll leave. I could be wrong, but I think there may be quieter, less controversial places in which to work.

Jon Dahlander
Dallas Public Schools

That disgusting herb: Thank God your criteria for best salsa (Best of Dallas, September 21) aren't used by all Mexican restaurants. Some of us, namely me, think that cilantro is the worst thing that's happened to Tex-Mex in 50 years. This disgusting herb permeates everything it touches so that anything it's cooked in tastes of nothing but cilantro! Spare us! Tex-Mex restaurants: Please, stop using cilantro so we can find out what the food really tastes like.

Gary Joy
North Richland Hills

Squeak, squeak: Best place to kick it with bikers? Blue Goose? What wannabe picked this hamster rodeo?

Sony Barger

Fine, upstanding felon: I find it to be an insult to consider Lou Reese, a felon who was the subject of one of your investigative reports, as Dallas' Best Businessman. Dallas has many fine, upstanding businessmen who actively contribute to their community rather then pillage it. Maybe the fact you accept advertising from his properties clouded your judgment.

Paul Woodfield

Squished: One category skipped in your Best of Dallas 2000 edition was "Best Example of a Big Corporation Stepping on the Little Guy," referring, of course to the recent buyout and subsequent closing of The Met by New Times Inc., owner of the Dallas Observer, thus creating a monopoly in the independent newspaper business in the area. Here is the Dallas Observer, the so-called champion of truth and justice, the paper looking out for the people, basically throwing a smaller, weaker competitor out in the street. Nice job, guys, keep the public service going.

Dennis A. Lokey

You missed the point: Re: Best Reason Only Johnny Cash Should Be Allowed To Sing Johnny Cash Songs...you have obviously missed the point of Colin Boyd's act. His solo set is a "kinder, gentler" send-up of classic tunes new and old. His crooning cover of "Highway To Hell" is enough to bring a smile to the face of the most cynical reviewer. Maybe we're taking ourselves a bit too seriously at the Dallas Observer.

Morris Smart

Cool to be cruel: I'm sick of life-jaded yuppies thinking it's cool to be judgmental and negative. Get over yourself. If you don't like Colin Boyd singing Johnny Cash tunes, ask him to sing some of his original material. He is a great songwriter. And by the way, when you were drinking so much chardonnay that you didn't know the name of the bar in which you were slurring, it was St. Pete's Dancing Marlin (not Blue Marlin.) I hope you took your grumpy self home in a cab.

Liz Wagner

A form of intimidation: The critics in your article ("The Doctor Is Out," September 21) who are attempting to suppress Dr. Laura's TV program are trying to portray her as a hatemonger, comparing her to David Duke. This is not a valid comparison, as people like David Duke devote their lives to hatemongering. With Dr. Laura, her opinions about homosexuality were a very small part of her radio show. The question came up, and she just gave her opinion on it. I think the real issue here is some members of the gay community don't want to allow others to express their opinions on the subject. They would rather shout them down. It's the TV/radio equivalent of book-burning. Rather than compete in a marketplace of ideas, they are trying to keep opposing viewpoints from being heard. They are willing to destroy free speech for us all in order to benefit themselves on this one subject.

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